Black Swan, White Raven: A Modern Collection of Fairy Tales by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

By Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

A stellar assymbly of lots of today's such a lot artistic and entire storytellers has accrued round the tribal fireplace to embroider well-worn yarns with new golden thread. Black Swan, White Raven revisits the stories that charmed, enthralled, and terrified us in our early early life - wearing us aloft into the fit, beating center of adored delusion to inform once more the tales of Rumpelstiltskins and drowsing beauties, merely this time from an edgy, provocative and especially grownup standpoint. the subjects and archetypes of our liked adolescence fiction are reexamined in a darker gentle via 21 really good teller of stories who deftly discover the ironic, the outrageous, the enigmatic and the erotic on the middle of the world's best-known fables, whereas revealing the sobering truths and lies in the back of "happily ever after."

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Friesner Death and the Lady Judith Tarr The Changeling’s Tale Michael Swanwick Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros Peter S. Beagle Beauty and the Opera or the Phantom Beast Suzy McKee Charms * * * * Preface Fantasy has probably existed ever since the Cro-Magnons told stories around the fire in the deep caves of Lascaux and Altamira and Rouffignac—and perhaps even for considerably longer than that, for who knows what tales the Neanderthals told around their fires during the long Ice Age nights, thousands of years earlier?

A lot you care if you ruin business. ” And he furiously ripped the green hat to pieces and hurled them at the gnome. “I’m really sorry you did that,” the little fellow said calmly, his huge ears treading water without the slightest increase of pace to indicate his anger. “We Little Folk have no tempers to lose. Nevertheless, occasionally we find it necessary to discipline certain of your people, in order to retain our dignity. ” With his arms still folded in great dignity, the tiny water gnome flipped his vast ears and disappeared in a neat surface dive.

What would Esther say—if she knew, of course. And, of course, he would not tell her. ” he sneered. ” He clamped a new blade into his razor, opened the tube of shaving cream, and stared objectively at the mirror. The dominant feature of the soft, chubby face that stared back was its ugly black stubble; but he set his stubborn chin and glowered. He really looked quite fierce and indomitable. Unfortunately, Esther never saw his face in that uncharacteristic pose, otherwise she would speak more softly.

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